Water Resources of the United States

PROJECT ALERT NOTICE (OR) Oregon Fires

Date: Wed, 09 Sep 2020 16:52:31 EDT

Summary: Challenging fire conditions in areas of Oregon with severe and extreme Drought.

Fire threat is expanding and ongoing in much of Western Oregon. Fire conditions are forecast to continue to be dangerous through Thursday. However, critical dry conditions will persist until at least Monday, when a weak low-pressure system may bring limited showers to the NW part of the state.

The link below overviews current fires in Western Oregon

https://zoom.earth/#view=44.8522,-123.7798,8z/date=2020-09-08,14:00,-7/layers=fires

Overall, USGS ORWSC has 16 gaging locations that are not currently reporting and have been flagged on NWIS Web. 10 of those are streamflow sites and 4 of the streamflow sites are NWS forecast points. Several other gaging locations are threatened. Affected gages support several different cooperators and many of them are important for water deliveries and flood control for USACE, USBR, and/or other cooperators


Damaged is not fully known but is most likely ranges from simple service failure (phone, cell phone), damaged sensors, or in some cases it may be a total loss.

NWS Forecast Sites Currently Not Reporting:

14162200 Blue River at Blue River, OR
14163900 McKenzie River near Vida, OR
14181500 North Santiam River at Niagara, Or
14209500 Clackamas River Above Three Lynx Creek, OR

Fieldwork has been postponed as needed to avoid active fire areas. No deployments for the event currently planned although FOCs are making access plans later in the week and/or next week.

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